Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Wish List

Here is the obligatory annual Christmas wish list post. I feel like there is not really a lot that I want or need this year.
Workout clothes. I feel like I do a lot of laundry to have clean workout clothing. Lululemon is hands down my favorite. I love this singlet tank.

I can also never have too many Wunder Under Crops.
I could use a few new cookie sheets.

Tickets to see Fleetwood Mac. They are in Charlotte March 7th!!  
This is one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs. I have wanted to see them for as long as I can remember. I probably want this the most out of everything on my entire list.

Happy Hump Day!!  
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Recap

Another wonderful weekend is in the books! This weekend I spent Saturday in the upstate for my grandmother's birthday, as well as my best friend Jessie's birthday.
We had middle eastern food for my grandmother's birthday lunch. Afterwards my Mom and I went to Starbucks. That afternoon I headed to Greenville for my beastie's party. We had dinner at Chief's Wing and Firewater, and it was really good. It is always so nice when we can all get together. I also got to finally get my hands on my precious little godson.

I also have to say that I have implemented a new policy. Not working out for a week on our honeymoon, despite having exercise classes at our resort, led to backsliding into bad habits all summer and gaining back some of the weight I had lost. It's taken months and going to pure barre three times a week to take some of the weight off, and more importantly get back to feeling addicted to exercise again. So, new me and new rule: No more than three days without working out, EVER. Even on vacation!
When we go to Iowa to spend Thanksgiving with my husband's family next week, I WILL be bringing my lulu. It looks like our hotel has a gym, so I will be in business.
I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What's in My Bag + Rue La La Love

It's no secret that some of my most favorite items in my home are from Rue La La. This throw is simply amazing, and I wear this turquoise Yumi Kim blouse all the time. I joined Rue La La last year before we went to Chicago in September so I could get some flats to wear on our trip. Since then I've bought something almost every single month. You really can't beat the pay shipping once and then ship for 30 days.
I wanted to share their premier Handbag Guide with y'all, just in case you are in the market for a new bag. I find that when seasons change it's a good time to invest in some new things. Right now this Mansur Gavriel bucket (currently sold out) might be one of my most favorite bags.
I like a big handbag, and when it comes to what I carry inside too much is never enough. Here is what's in my bag:
First, the bag. Michael Kors from TJ Maxx. The sign behind is says "Saw it, Wanted it, Had a fit, Got it." This is my closet.
What all is inside my bag:
 Sunglasses Gucci Spring 2014 (here they are in brown) prescription from my doctor Eye on Gervais
Lilly Pulitzer Sunglasses Strap
ear buds
Coach wallet (old Daisy collection) 
Inside Lilly Pulitzer Estee Lauder makeup bag
The Wet Brush (best hairbrush I've found)
hair bands
asthma inhaler
Poo Pouri (seriously watch their commercial, although I maintain that girls don't go to the bathroom)
Clean and Clear blotting papers
eye drops
assorted lipsticks and chapstick
nail files
cotton balls
wedding koozie
pure barre socks   

 Inside my wallet
 Just to show you how much room these sunglasses take up
When I carry a clutch to something like a wedding, I will take my real bag and leave it in the car and only carry a few essentials that will fit into the clutch. And I find that painful. If anyone ever needs a Band-Aid or a safety pin or who knows what else, it can usually be found in my purse, and I like that. I also have my kindle and iphone in my purse a lot of times.
Don't forget to check out Rue La La's Handbag Guide. My favorite part is the time line towards the bottom of the page.
Thanks so much for reading!
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had a ridiculously lazy weekend. We do not have another free weekend this month though, so I felt like it was justified. Friday we went out for Mexican at San Jose, and it was amazing as always. Saturday morning we got up super early and hit up a charity sale I had purchased a ticket to at HandPicked on Devine Street. We got some Christmas gifts that I am excited about. I really like what I got for my best friend Ashley. I was really glad we got there when they opened at 7 am, because there was hardly anyone there. It feels really good to have a start on Christmas shopping.
After HandPicked we went to WalMart for a few things (I hate WalMart, but it wasn't too bad that early) and came back home. I caught up on the Real Housewives of NJ reunions I had on DVR and then took a nap for about five hours. I didn't know I was that tired, and can't believe I slept so much of the day away! It was nice to be able to take a nap though. Saturday night I made crock pot lasagna and read while Nick watched sports.
Sunday we took the dogs for a walk and for ice cream since we finally had to get out and do something semi productive. I got some housework done, and then sadly, the weekend was over.
I have a paper I have barely started due on the 21st, and we have a lot of plans coming up. It's going to be a busy month, so I am glad we were lazy while we had the chance. Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful Monday!
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Friday, November 7, 2014


Friends, we've made it through another week. I've had a good week, school has been going well for me this semester, and I've had my grandmother here visiting since Wednesday.
The dogs were so excited about having company
Wednesday night I made chicken parmesan and we watched a movie. Last night we went for pedicures and had Greek food at one of the few restaurants we have in our little town. We watched 90 Day Fiancé afterwards. It was so nice to take some time off from school work and do fun stuff. We really had a wonderful visit. She also took my wedding dress back with her to be preserved, and it is so nice not to have that lingering on my to do list anymore!
I am hoping today will pass quickly at work. Tomorrow morning I am up bright and early to hit a sale at HandPicked. I got a ticket for $5.00 last week when I was in there buying a birthday gift that will get me into a special 40% off sale tomorrow. I hope to get some Christmas shopping out of the way.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Recap

Even though Friday was a workday, it felt like we started weekend on Thursday night with a trip to Charlotte to see a Panthers game. It was my first NFL game, and it was the perfect one to go to. They had an amazing Halloween halftime show, and lots of fans were dressed up for Halloween. Many of them were dressed as panthers, and I wish I had thought to do that also! It was such a festive atmosphere. Nick was originally supposed to be out of town Thursday night, but he had a cancellation in his schedule and was able to come home. We decided at the last minute to go to the game. We also had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, which was an added bonus.
Zombie halftime show  

 Panthers fun with my love
It was tons of fun, and we will definitely go to another Panthers game. The Dallas Cowboys are still my favorite NFL team though.
Even though I was a little tired from the late night at the game, I was in a good mood at work all day Friday because I was so excited about Halloween. I thought we came up with a really great setup to hand out candy, and I loved seeing all the kids in their costumes. We ended up having to put the dogs in the house though. Yadi was way too excited and Trinket kept growling at children. One of our neighbors came over for a glass of wine, and I enjoyed visiting with her a lot.
Ready to hand out candy, Trinket is ready to bite children
Saturday I skipped out on tailgating and going to the football game, and Nick went with our friend the Reverend (same one that married us). I studied, then went to the gym, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Publix. Later that evening I got takeout from Miyo's and joined the Reverend's wife at their house to watch the game. She and her kids were kind enough to share their Halloween candy with me, so it was a great night. I was very happy not to be out in the cold, and not sad at all that I missed the terrible ending of the game.
Sunday I got some things done around the house and took it easy. Overall it was a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for reading!
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